Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about camp Encijan, Tara rafting, guides and tours etc. Please keep in mind that we are very busy during the season, so we have prepared this F.A.Q database. If, however, you have not found the right answers feel free to send us an email or contact us via phone (viber / whatsapp)

General Information

Where is your camp located and how do I reach you?
We are located at a starting point for rafting, place is called Brštanovica. GPS coordinates of the camp: Latitude: 43.321849 | Longitude: 18.960388 Tourists should come to Šćepan Polje, that is the official B&H – MNE border crossing.We own a parking lot, you can leave your car or RV there, It will be safe. We will pick you up at Šćepan Polje and transport you to our camp. If you are in Foča, you can come to our agency, located in Krajiška 2. Agency is located in the city center, in a passage below the Mozzart restaurant.
Do I need to book in advance?
Certain days during the season sell out quickly, so we encourage calling our Reservation office to check for availability. While reservations are required in advance to participate on a rafting trip, we are always busy taking last-minute bookings up to a day or two before a trip. As long as there is available space, we are happy to help you get on the river – even at the last minute!
What about the transportation?
We will arrange a transportation for you from Šćepan Polje to our camp. When you head out on a rafting adventure we will also transport you with our vehicles to other rafting points. When your arrangement is complete, you will be transported back to Šćepan Polje. From there, if you do not own a vehicle, you can take a bus and keep moving. Buses from Montenegro are passing by on a regular basis to Bosnia and Herzegovina through Šćepan Polje.
Can we pay in cash upon arrival?
You can pay with cash upon your arrival to our camp, that will not be a problem. Many passengers, backpackers and wanderers use this option because It is much easier.
What about fees?
Here is the list of all the fees: Rafting tax on Tara river in amount of 4.30 € per person per day, Residence tax is 0.80 € per person per day, accident insurance during the arrangement in amount of 1.00 € per person per day, Tax for entrance in National Park ”Sutjeska” of 2.50 € per person per day, Entire rafting stream on the Tara river requires 35.00 € per person, Tax for entrance in National Park ”Durmitor” of 3.00 € per person per day. Encijan tourist agency DOES NOT HAVE ANY HIDDEN FEES.
Does your trip include a guide?
We will assign a guide for every tour that you take to National parks, lakes or any other trips. If you are on rafting tour, certified skippers will be assigned to your group. We have got you covered, you do not have to worry about anything.
Staff and the guides, do they speak English?
Affirmative, our guides can speak English very well, our staff too. Employees of the agency, stationed in Foča speak several languages. Do not worry, you will not have to wave with your hand and make smoke signals.
What about nights entertainment?
We organize live music events on weekends, you will be able to chill out next to our campfire and meet new people. What about the other days? Well, depends on how many guests are in the camp. If the camp has lots of guests we will organize live music events on a daily basis.
What alternatives are offered for nonrafters?
Do not worry if you are not into rafting, we have a lot of other programs that will include hiking and trekking tours, jeep safari, canyoning and more! You can visit National park Sutjeska, NP Durmitor, Nevidio canyon, all the lakes in both national parks and much, much more!
None of the arrangements fits my needs, what now?
You do not like a certain part of a program? You would like to create a custom program and choose your own adventure? Something like “Five days of rafting and four days of hiking”? Not a problem! All you have to do is send us a mail with your request and wait until we review it.
How do I get back at the end of the arrangement?
When your arrangement is finished, you will be transported to Šćepan Polje with our vehicles. From there, you can take the bus (they pass through Šćepan Polje few times a day) and continue with your journey.
I am a backpacker, how do I reach you?
Your journey is the most interesting one, no doubt. All you have to do is come to Šćepan polje, you will be transported to our camp from there with our vehicles. But how do I reach Šćepan polje? Bus goes from Sarajevo, through Foča, from there you can go straight to Šćepan polje by a bus. Coming from Montenegro? Podgorica – Nikšić – Plužine – Šćepan polje. You can take a bus from one place to another. That is it.

Information about Rafting on Tara

When is the best time to go rafting?
Anytime during the summer – the Tara river has excellent flows May to September. In May It will be a bit more “extreme” because of water level, families can go raft later in summer when the water level is low. Weekdays are less crowded.
What is the water temperature?
In May – temperature is between 5-7 degrees. In June and July between 10 and 13 degrees Celsius. August and September, between 9 and 12 degrees Celsius.
What is the water level?
Depends, in May, water level is very high, so you will have to come prepared, physically. In June and July, water levels are medium, so you don’t have to worry, It will not be hard, you can even bring kids. August and September- water level is low, perfect for family rafting.
How long is the trip?
Depends on a starting point of your rafting trip. Brštanovica – Šćepan polje lasts for one hour and a half, entire Tara river trip will last a day.
Do I need previous experience?
You do not need to have previous experience, our skippers will brief you on everything that you need to know.
What happens when it rains?
We raft rain or shine, you are going to get wet in either case. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad equipment, and our equipment is top quality.
How many people are on the raft?
Nine people are on the boat, eight of our tourists and our skipper.
Is rafting dangerous?
Basically, like in every other adventure, it is a bit dangerous, but we take all precautionary measures and focus on your security. So do not worry too much and enjoy your vacation.
There aren't enough of us for a boat, now what?
You will be on a boat with other tourists. When the number of passengers reaches eight, we will assign a skipper and you are ready to go.
Do I need to be able to swim?
You will be able to go on a raft trip and enjoy with your friends even if you are not a good swimmer. In that case, please inform our skipper before you go on a boat.
I have a GoPro / Camera, can I bring it with me?
You are ALLOWED to use your own GoPro and other cameras. You will not be charged, there are no fees.
Should I tip my skipper?
It is up to you. Your skipper / guide works hard to ensure that you have a fun, yet safe Tara rafting adventure, and they appreciate being tipped. If you feel your guide has done a good job at keeping you safe and sharing the wonderful river environment with you, feel free to tip them. This is a token of your appreciation. Tipping is always appreciated but never expected.

Camp and Accommodation

Where is your camp located? How do I reach you?
We are located at a starting point for rafting, place is called Brštanovica. GPS coordinates of the camp: Latitude: 43.321849 | Longitude: 18.960388 Tourists should come to Šćepan Polje, that is the official B&H – MNE border crossing.We own a parking lot, you can leave your car or RV there, It will be safe. We will pick you up at Šćepan Polje and transport you to our camp. If you are in Foča, you can come to our agency, located in Krajiška 2. Agency is located in the city center, in a passage below the Mozzart restaurant.
What about parking?
We have a private parking lot, you can park your vehicles there. Do not worry, place is secured, there is a guard at the entrance and fence around the parking lot.
Can we bring RV?
You can leave your RV on our private parking lot. Our camp is at a remote location and we are transporting tourists across the river with boats, so there is really no chance of moving RV across the river. The safest place for your vehicle is a parking lot.
Are there indoor accommodations?
Camp Encijan has capacity of 80 beds in 10 mountain huts (bungalows). All huts are built entirely from natural materials, breathable and comfortable. You have a tent? That is wonderful, our staff will show you the place where you can set up your tent.
Do the bungalows have electricity?
All of the camps facilities are supplied with electricity.
Do you allow campfires?
Yes. You can have your own campfire. As always, safety is number one priority to all of us, so make sure to put it out after you are done.
Do you have showers?
Yes, we do have showers and enough hot water.
What about the food?
Here at camp Encijan we serve only the most delicious food. Fresh food is prepared and served every day according to the demands of our guests and we are trying to fulfill all of their requirements. If something is prohibited by your doctor, nutritionist, prohibited by your religion, or you do not want it for any other reasons we will immediately find something that will suit your needs.
Do you have menus for vegans and vegetarians?
If you are vegan or vegetarian please notify us while making a reservation or upon your arrival at the camp. We will prepare a special menu for you. Our guests satisfaction is a priority, so do not hesitate to tell us, we are more than happy to oblige.
What is your camping area like? Are pets allowed?
The main campground is a large open field located near the coast of Tara river. Accommodation facilities are separated from the restaurant. Pets are allowed in camp Encijan. We have a dog.
Can we drink alcohol at camp Encijan?
Why is this a question? Of course you can drink alcohol.
Can I use my own tent?
You can pitch your own tent in our camp, that will not be a problem. Amenities are close, restaurant is close too.

Hiking, Trekking and Canyoning

What do I need to hike?
We do not provide boots nor backpacks, so you will have to bring your own. We organize mostly one day tours, so you won’t need a tent. Some trips may be a challenge to those who come physically unprepared.
How hard are hike trails?
The answer is up to you. Depending on how prepared you are, your trip can be a vacation or a challenge. Mental attitude and adequate water and food consumption are very important.
What about the guides?
A guide will be assigned to your group, so you won’t need any maps. Guides speak English so the communication won’t be a problem.
How long will my hike take?
We mostly do one day tours, so It will take couple of hours, we can’t say for certain, depends on how prepared members of your group are. You will be transported with our vehicles from and back to camp, after you are done with your tour.
What about the food and water?
You will receive food and water from our guides, but you are also allowed to bring your own stuff to the tour.
What about a permit? Are there any fees?
All the fees are already included, you will not have to pay any additional fees. If, for example, your arrangement includes tour to a Sutjeska national park, you probably already paid for it.
Do you have a photographer?
No, we do not have a photographer so you will have to take all the pictures by yourself. Good thing is, you do not need any permissions, and you won’t have to pay anything. 100% free.
Is canyoning safe?
Basically, like in every other adventure, it is a bit dangerous, but we take all precautionary measures and focus on your security. So do not worry too much and enjoy your vacation.
What about the gear in the canyon?
You will receive all the necessary equipment from our guides. Transportation is included.
What skills do I need?
You don’t have to be a world class athlete in order to explore and enjoy the canyon, but you do have to come prepared both physically and mentally. It won’t be easy, but It is not impossible either.
Am I insured agains any accidents?
Yes. You already paid for insurance when you paid for your arrangement.
When is the best time to visit Nevidio canyon?
The best time to visit Nevidio canyon is during the summer, and we do tours only in that period.
PRICELESS !!! We were delighted first time we came here, and second we were overwhelmed again. Encijan is arranged and clean but still wild, without exaggerating - a real fairy tale. Tara, one of the most beautiful river I have ever seen, here is unreal, almost like emerald. People and service were excellent all the time and we felt like home. Just imagine yourself deep in the highest river canyon in Europe , surrounded with untouched nature and peace. One is for sure, this atmosphere and scene you will never forget. Unique place and people and much more 🙂
Milana L
Milana L
So great When I decided to go rafting with my boys and friends, I expected beauty, but now I was thrilled. The camp is beautiful. The service is top notch. Great food. A great skipper on rafting. I would recommend it to anyone who loves untouched nature, relaxing by the river and the chirping of birds and a real Tara experience. We will definitely come again.
Ivana Petkovic
Ivana Petkovic
Raj za ljubitelje prirode Nestvarno mesto uz samu reku Taru! Prelepa priroda, neverovatna reka i boje koje okruzuju kamp. Ljubazno osoblje, raznovrsna i ukusna hrana! Profesionalni skiperi, osoblje na usluzi 24h. Domaćinska atmosfera i dobar provod! Sve preporuke!
Kristina K
Kristina K
The most amazing place I have been going to this camp 4 years in a row now with my friends... This is the most amazing place, beautiful camp - like from the fairytale 🙂 Nature is unreal, view and the river also. Food in the camp is the best food we ever had, you can't buy this in any restaurant 🙂 Definitely we will be going again and make visits traditionally once a year at least!
We'll be back Apsolutno bez ikakve zamerke na bilo šta. Domaćin je, pre svega, gospodin. Osoblje je prijatno, sve je laganica, bez ikakve frke i žurbe, što apsolutno i priliči ovakvom mestu. Stvoreno za opuštanje. Hrana je odlična, smeštaj i kućica u kojoj smo bili uredni i čisti. Definitivno se vraćamo, možda čak i jako brzo.
Darko D
Darko D
Darko Odlicno mesto za odmor i beg od urbanog zivota... Rafting sa obucenim skiperima se pretvara u pravo zadovoljstvo posle prvog zaveslaja... Hrana preeedobra, usluga i atmosfera takodje... Vidimo se ponovo...
Dino Sehic
Dino Sehic
Unforgettable rafting Beautiful nature, great hosts, delicious food, positive energy all around ... For true lovers of untouched nature and its hidden beauties on the way out of the Tara canyon, a camp that rests both soul and heart. Beautiful people who will welcome you and recharge your batteries with their positive energy. All in all, rafting to remember and a desire to come back again.
Jana T
Jana T
Vraćaćemo se! Prvi put sam u Encijan došla kada sam imala 9 godina. 15 godina kasnije - i dalje se vraćam. Možda je dovoljno reći da se desilo da mi je pao rođendan na vikend kada smo u kampu i da gazda, kada je to saznao, angažovao ljude da mi donesu tortu u kanjon. Milan Šerpas i ekipa učine da svako ko dođe odluči da obavezno dođe još jednom, ili bar preporuči drugima da posete. Smeštaj je udoban i čist, Milan uvek vodi računa da na najbolji način rasporedi goste po njihovim potrebama. Smeštajne jedinice su od 3 do 7 kreveta, uglavnom bungalovi. Toalet i tuševi su odvojeni od jedinica, ali ih ima veliki broj te je čekanje zaista svedeno na minimum. Volela bih da dočaram oduševljenje moje ekipe hranom, ali ću ipak ostaviti da se još neko sam iznenadi. Bitno - raspon i izbor su ogromni, niko neće ostati gladan a i ukoliko iz bilo kojih razloga ne možete da jedete nešto iz tog izbora, oni vam uvek dodatno spreme nešto. A obradovaće vas i krofnama! Mesta za odmor i opuštanje ima i više nego dovoljno - od hamoka, preko ležaljki, stolova sa stolicama na više mesta u kampu. Vaše je samo da nađete šta vam se najviše sviđa. Spust niz reku je sjajan, nekad dinamičniji u zavisnosti od doba godine (jul-avgust je najniža i najmirnija voda; april-maj najviša i najbrža). Skiperi su jako iskusni i fenomenalni momci. Spust kao spust nije opasan što svedoči da sam ja išla sa 9 godina a moja sestra sa 5. Dobija se kompletna oprema i uz slušanje instrukcija koje daje skiper - nema opasnosti ni za najmlađe. Posle večere često bude svirka sa muzikom uživo, kamp ima svoje ozvučenje a vrlo često i gosti nose svoje zvučnike te može i da se proveseli uveče. Upaljena je logorska vatra, ceo kamp je osvetljen malim fenjerima te je ambijent uveče možda i lepši nego tokom dana. Za one koji bi ranije legali i žele kompletan mir preporučujem da traže smeštajne jedinice bliže toaletima a dalje od šanka/kuhinje/centralne vatre. Kamp se nalazi na samom početku dela koji je predviđen za spust i u tu tačku dolaze ljudi i iz ostalih kampova, tako da ne dozvolite da vas razočara što se najduže vozite dok drugi brže stižu. Vaša nagrada je da ujutru ne morate u opremi da se vozite do početne tačke, već samo sednete u čamac i krenuli ste. Šanse su da ćete na par dana zaboraviti obaveze i samo se isključiti od stresa. Dolazila sam sa mnogo ljudi u životu a dobila sam samo jednu zamerku: Što smo došli samo na tri dana?
Jasmina Miljkovic
Jasmina Miljkovic
Nema bolje Već sedmi put smo muž i ja gosti ovog kampa, što govori o tome da li smo zadovoljni. A malo je reći da smo zadovoljni, jer ono što pruža ambijent, osoblje, kvalitet usluge i hrane retko gde se nalazi. Ovo mesto je naš privatni raj, beg od histerične svakodnevice i prilika za mentalni i fizički reset. Besprekoran domaćin, uvek zanimljivi gosti, a svaki sledeći dolazak je nova avantura koja pruža i više nego što očekujemo. Nema greške. Za svaku preporuku! Ivan i Jasmina Miljković, Beograd
Isidora Miljković
Isidora Miljković
Mind-blowing! Not your average, generic camp! With all due respect to other camps, there's no comparison between Encijan and others! Location of the camp is unbeatable, untouched nature all around, beautiful cabins and common place that conform to surrounding nature and a view of magnificent turquoise Tara. The staff couldn't be more polite, they really make you feel taken care of. And the food is.. WOW! And if you have some special requests regarding your nutrition (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.), you need not worry, all your wishes will be met with. August of 2020 was the second time I went to Encijan, first time with my family and this time with friends, so it's safe to say that this camp is perfect for everyone and for every occasion. And I had fun every time 🙂 In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Encijan! ♥

Our camp Encijan - Oasis of tranquility and hedonism

Outdoor resort in the very heart of the Tara River Canyon, miles away from modern civilization and at the beginning of the most exciting rafting part of river, there is a place called Brstanovica and Camp Encijan on it, one of the most beautiful camps on Tara river and only one at the Bosnian side of river.

Rafting Camp Encijan has a tradition of over 15 years and thousand of happy tourist per season…Here is one of the last remaining oases of tranquility and hedonism… One of the first camps ever built on the banks of Tara River…

    Rafting camp Encijan is one of the last oases of peace and hedonism in this area, tucked away in an unreal and untouched nature. A place where you will truly become one with the nature.
  • Take advantage of this unique opportunity and spend the night in our camp, surrounded by nature, miles away from modern civilization. Rest in our bungalows near the Tara river.
  • At our camp Encijan you can try our home-made delicious traditional food, prepared with love, with carefully selected fresh, organic ingredients from this area.
  • In the heart of the Tara canyon, at the place where rafting trips start, kilometers away from modern civilization, lays one of the most beautiful camps in this area - Rafting camp Encijan